Undergraduate Career Planning

Interior design student presenting light design project

At the College of Design, setting career goals starts the moment you begin your studies. Through class projects, firm tours, career fairs, mentorship programs, and internships we help our students build connections and forge relationships with working professionals.

Career Services and Classes

With our comprehensive career services, you will learn to make professional connections, build your resume, and explore your career options. Experienced career counselors are available to help you make career plans, locate internships, search for jobs, and make graduate school decisions. 

We encourage you to register for one of the career classes created especially for CDes undergraduate students to prepare for the internship/job search. Topics in the course include preparing effective discipline-specific resumes, interviewing techniques, job searching, and salary negotiation.

College to Career Program

A joint effort with our Alumni Relations team, the College of Design's College to Career Program is a series of events held throughout the academic year to connect students with practicing design professionals. These events are free for students to attend and include firm tours, portfolio critiques, and networking panels. There is no formal enrollment into the College to Career Program required by students. Students are welcome to attend as they are able.

Students and professionals at a portfolio college to career event.
Students and mentors at the mentorship kickoff
College of Design Mentor Program

The College of Design's annual Mentor Program helps junior, senior, and graduate students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study. The program begins in November with a kick-off event that provides an opportunity for students and mentors to meet for the first time and receive instructions to help them navigate the next five months of the program.

Career Fairs and Networking Events